Thursday, November 29, 2018

14 years of Swim Smooth - a special, extended podcast to chart the ups and downs of the past 14 years!

Dear Swimmers

As you are probably aware, we recently launched our new Swim Smooth podcast and have just published our 4th episode which is a special extended look at the history of Swim Smooth since we launched here in sunny Perth way back in December 2004!

You can access the podcast here:

Other episodes include:

  1. Episode 1: Interview with Ironman AG World Champion and record holder, Dan Plews PhD (1h35m)
  2. Episode 2: Interview with Tom Hickman of the Bali-Hope SwimRun Challenge (0h41m)
  3. Episode 3: Interview with Dean Jackson the man / the myth / the legend behind HUUB Design (1h04m)

In today's special extended podcast (1h57m), listen to the founders of Swim Smooth (Paul Newsome and Adam Young) discuss the history of Swim Smooth itself since the creation with the very first website and DVD boxset back in 2004, right the way through Adam joining the team in 2008 and becoming the driving force in everything you know and love about Swim Smooth, all the way up to the current day and some further insight into where we're heading in the future. It's a long episode (nearly 2 hours in fact!), but should help you really understand what Swim Smooth is all about, the methodology, the concepts, some of the challenges and hurdles we've faced as well as how we've grown the program to be the coaching curriculum used and endorsed by both British Triathlon and the International Triathlon Union in 119 countries around the world!

You might find the supporting links, articles and websites in chronological order useful as a reference point:

2005 - Paul & Mish (now Paul's wife) head off around the UK running clinics and 1-2-1 sessions
2006 - the "Flame Wars" on reach boiling point between Swim Smooth and Total Immersion
2007 - Adam attends his first Swim Smooth 1-day swimmer's clinic
2008 - Paul and Adam's friendship builds and Adam drives the online presence in a way that Paul hasn't been able to do himself. Our first Learn To Swim DVD is produced in sunny Essex, UK ( ) and the idea for "Swim Types" starts to germinate.
2009 - Adam's brainchild (the Mr Smooth animation) is launched ( ). Increase in awareness of Swim Smooth starts to build, ultimately rising to a subscribership of over 125,000 weekly readers of our FREE blog
2010 - British Triathlon announces Swim Smooth as their coach education partner and the first 3-day Swim Smooth Coach Education Course ( ) is run and we officially launch 
2011 - Our third DVD, the Catch Masterclass  goes on to being the fastest selling swimming DVD on the internet and we run our first 2-week Certified Coaches Course ( ) in Perth. We partner up with HUUB Design to create the world's best wetsuit (as used by the Brownlee Brothers: )
2012 - We launch our very first Certified Swim Smooth Coaches ( ) of which we now have 48 worldwide (and growing) - make sure you register at . Wiley & Sons (the world's biggest book publishing company) approach Swim Smooth to write a book on swimming which quickly becomes one of the best selling and highest rated books on swim coaching of all time ( )
2013 - Paul wins the world's most prestigious marathon swimming event  and cements Swim Smooth in the history books as not just an effective way to swim, but a FAST way to swim too! 
2014 - The International Triathlon Union announces Swim Smooth as their coaching partner ( ) which sees Swim Smooth being put out around the world in 119 countries via the various triathlon governing bodies. We launch our biggest project to date, the Swim Smooth Guru ( )
2015 - Work commences on our Swim Smooth Kids program
2016 - The Swim Smooth Guru is refined, tweaked and improved to contain exciting new features such as CSS Tweaking and Fitness Tracking ( )
2017 - Filming commences on the Swim Smooth Kids program and we begin developing our coaching presence in the USA
2018 - We launch the new Swim Smooth podcast ( ) and also our brand new trip of a lifetime to Perth ( )

We hope you enjoy this cosy chat and finding out more about the history of Swim Smooth, whether you're joining us in the last few months or have been following us for many years!

You can also find us on @swimsmooth (Twitter / Instagram)

Paul & Adam

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